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Access to America's Orthopaedic Services Act of 2009 Introduced in the Senate
Date:8/4/2009

islation," said Senator Richard Burr.

The AAOS Act focuses on key areas within orthopaedic care, such as:

  • Trauma and Rehabilitation. The AAOS Act will coordinate current musculoskeletal trauma research among government agencies to improve the nation's trauma treatment and network models.
  • Musculoskeletal Research. The AAOS Act will encourage diversity among young and underrepresented investigators in the field of orthopaedic surgery.
  • Women's Health. The Office on Women's Health will be asked to launch an educational campaign, "Powerful Bones, Powerful Girls," for young women (ages 9-12) about the importance of bone health and osteoporosis prevention.
  • Aging and Seniors. The AAOS Act supports an education campaign on musculoskeletal disease targeting the public and health professionals and would encourage states to develop or expand activity programs for seniors.
  • Pediatrics. The Surgeon General will be required to report to Congress on the incidence of childhood musculoskeletal diseases and barriers to accessing orthopaedic care for children within two years.
  • Workforce and Training. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be requested to conduct a study on graduate medical education and the impact of funding on the availability of specialty physicians.
  • Quality and Safety. The AAOS Act reauthorizes the Transplantation Transmission Sentinel Network administered by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) through a grant allocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All companies engaged in the manufacture of human, cellular, tissue or tissue-based products will be required to become accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation agency.
  • Healthy America. The Department of Health and Human Services will be asked
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